Area Breaking News

Former Madison County Postal Employee Charged With Stealing Mail

A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned an indictment charging Tia M. Taylor, 27, of Alton, Illinois, with one count of theft of mail by a postal service employee. The indictment charges that in July 2020, Taylor stole four packages addressed to Godfrey residents from the Godfrey post office, where…

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City of Edwardsville Announces Healthy Halloween Events

Edwardsville, Illinois— September 28, 2020 — The City of Edwardsville today announced trick-or-treating days and times along with new events for the community to celebrate a Healthy Halloween. The Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Virtual Costume Contest from October 15 to October 30 on the Department’s Facebook page. Participants may enter in…

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State’s Attorney Trial Team Convicts Child Predator

Edwardsville—A Madison County jury found a man guilty of all counts of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and solicitation of child pornography of a 13-year-old female victim. Michael A. Weis (d.o.b. 5/21/81) of Granite City, IL was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Class 2 felonies; three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, Class…

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Strings Attached: Congress Files Legislation Outlining Taxpayer Protections For COVID-19 Federal Aid To States

CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2020) – Five months after Illinois Senate President Don Harmon asked Congress for a more than $40 billion COVID-19 bailout, with $10 billion, or nearly a quarter of the total requested intended for the state’s infamously underfunded pensions, new legislation filed in the U.S. House today would protect taxpayers from this kind…

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Underserved Unit 10 Community Eligible for $25,000 Grant From State Farm

The Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois, a 501c3, is excited to be a finalist for a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant to connect Fairmont City for internet access availability.   Though sitting just 20 minutes east of St. Louis, the Village of Fairmont City has limited internet access.  The only free WiFi in the…

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Madison County Expects Budget Shortfall FY2020

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County estimates a $2.7 million revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year, as a result of COVID-19. Chairman Kurt Prenzler said the projected shortfall in general fund monies is for the current fiscal year that ends on Nov. 30. In April, the administration urged department heads and elected officials to “tap the…

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Glen Carbon Mayor Jackstadt Will Not Seek Fifth Term

Glen Carbon Mayor Robert Jackstadt will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming April 6, 2021 municipal election. “I am simply confirming what I said the night I was elected  on April 4, 2017:  that this will be my last term. As of the end of April 2021,  I will have offered my background, education and experience to…

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Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm

Members of the Collinsville Police Department’s Investigation Division presented the facts of this case to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on Sept. 08, 2020. After reviewing the case, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office issued charges for the following individuals: Jessie R. Bates Jr. (33 yrs old) Springfield, IL Count 1: Aggravated Discharge of…

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